The Materials that Make the Allurette Washer


There's beauty in simplicity. 

When Managing Director, Ash Newland, resolved to expand his Scrubba wash bag vision by creating a new device catering to hand-wash-only clothing, he knew only a revolutionary, specially engineered washboard would do. As such, he soon began to experiment with washboards comprised of small, rounded 'nodules' that were specially designed to treat delicate fabrics like silk and lace with the utmost care. The ultimate goal was to create a fast, mess-free hand washing alternative that would encourage more people to follow the care instructions on their garments, helping lovers of fashion everywhere extend the life of their favourite clothes and reduce their own carbon and fashion footprints, all while saving themselves time and money. 

By stripping back the bells and whistles, we've managed to create a back to basics product that does exactly what it says: solves the problem of quickly and safely washing hand- wash-only clothing both at home and on the road. Although we’ll always be eager to evolve and develop the Allurette washer in accordance with our supporter's needs, we promise that it will never lose sight of its ultimate goal to provide a fast, gentle, and effective wash for hand-wash-only garments, from lingerie to workout wear. 

What is the Allurette washer? 

Despite its basic appearance and straightforward purpose, a lot of materials go into helping our Allurette take such good care of your delicates!

The Allurette washer is made from a 40 denier nylon fabric with a polyurethane coating. These materials, in conjunction with high frequency welding techniques applied during the manufacturing process, allow for a wash bag that is simultaneously durable and gentle, creating the perfect device for hand washing garments at home or while travelling. 

If some of the above materials sound unfamiliar, don't fret! We’re here to deconstruct the gobbledegook by shedding some light on exactly what goes into our Allurette washer so you can better understand why it's the best, easiest way to keep your hand-wash-only garments clean and fresh. 

What is nylon?

Nylon has a long history fraught with excitement. Synthesized in a DuPont Chemicals laboratory in the 1930s, it soon became available to the public in the form of stockings. It may seem strange from today's perspective, but the new synthetic was met with near unprecedented levels of demand bolstered by the high cost of silk in the post-Depression era, escalating an already booming fashion trend. Although nylon underwent a near complete move to military production during the period of the Second World War – during which time the popularity of stockings and their relative unavailability led to a burgeoning black market – it returned to commercial shelves shortly after. This was met with both unthinkably long lines (in 1946, 40,000 women lined up in Pittsburgh in an effort to compete for 13,000 pairs of stockings) and a desperation that often manifested itself in episodes of violence that have come to be known as the ‘nylon riots’.

Today, nylon is an indispensable material used in everything from outdoor gear to medical implants, revealing a plethora of useful applications that eclipses even its enthralling beginnings. Its endurance and pervasiveness across all industries truly underscores the benefits it has bestowed upon the manufacturing and commercial worlds, and it is therefore unlikely to be toppled from its throne any time soon!

Stockings

What does 40 denier mean?

As anyone familiar with stockings or tights will likely be aware, denier is a unit of measurement that is used to determine the fibre thickness of the individual threads or filaments that are used in textiles. The higher the denier count, the thicker and more durable the fabric typically is. That is not, however, to dismiss lower denier counts, as these products typically benefit from a sheer and silky quality that is both softer and lighter in comparison to higher denier fabrics.

By opting for a 40 denier nylon fabric, we have ensured that the Allurette washer maintains a careful balance between strength for maximum durability and lightness for maximum portability. Built not only to clean the most delicate of garments thanks to its ultra-gentle internal washboard, but also to fit easily into even the smallest bag or pocket thanks to its mere 112g (< 4 oz) weight, the Allurette washer can truly be taken just about anywhere to deliver a fast, efficient machine-quality hand wash, enabling you to care for the clothes you love, no compromises. 

What is thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)?

Polyurethane is one of those magical substances that helps improve many of the products we use every day – even if most of us don’t realise it! Indeed, according to the Essential Chemical Industry, “No other plastic allows itself to be made to measure in the same way as a polyurethane. Foams can be flexible or rigid, resistant to cold or particularly kind to skin.” Wildly adaptable, this nifty substance can even occur as a spray or coating, adding vital strength in the form of defence against corrosion and abrasion. TPU has been used in the textile industry for many years, where it has achieved proven results and is particularly admired for its outstanding abrasion resistance. 

In addition to its coating, the Allurette washer's clear window, washboard, and grip surface are made from TPU. This ensures not only good microbial, chemical, and hydrolysis (water damage) resistance, but also good low temperature flexibility, ensuring your wash bag is well equipped to stand the test of time. 

What is high frequency welding (HFW)?

High frequency welding refers to the process of fusing materials through the application of a radio frequency energy. The process is favoured because it typically results in a weld that is just as strong as the original materials. Furthermore, because high frequency welds are produced only by the original material without the use of adhesives or by-products, they acquire a cleaner, smoother finish, resulting not only in a more aesthetically pleasing product, but also a strong, leak-proof seal.

By utilising HFW during manufacture, we have been able to produce a durable, yet lightweight product that is ideal for gently washing most fabrics. 

Further Reading: 

http://www.belsonic-machines.com/index.php/en/operation-principals/principles-of-high-frequency-welding

https://www.chemheritage.org/distillations/magazine/nylon-a-revolution-in-textiles

http://www.essentialchemicalindustry.org/polymers/polyurethane.html

http://www.standardfiber.com/materials/bedding-basics/about-denier/

http://www.zemat.com/en/information/technology/high-frequency-welding